Pool betting company Colossus Bets has sponsored a number of kennel sweepstakes activities at Central Park following the decision to push greyhound racing behind closed doors.
Heats will be staged on the SIS-covered Monday and Tuesday cards of the Kent circuit beginning next week, with the finals live on RPGTV on Sunday evening.
Initially, the promoter was due to sponsoring the Kent Silver Salver, the longstanding greyhound sprint competition. Nevertheless, the event must take place without participants, due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Continuing to help the sport, Colossus Bets will now back up the graded power of the course.
CEO and founder of Colossus Bets Bernard Marantelli expressed his excitement at the event: “Everyone knows my love for the sport of greyhound racing. My father has been a bookmaker for 50 years, has always loved the greyhounds – and the focus is very much on them now.
“It is good to support trainers and an independently owned track in Central Park. They are under immense pressure at the moment, as many people are. It’s a good time to mutually support each other.”
Dan Homewood, manager of racing at Central Park, added: “This is a real boost for our owners and trainers. They have been very supportive and understanding given the current situation.
“We had to cancel our Friday and Sunday cards this week in light of the suspension of open racing, but have a strong kennel strength and are staging these competition across different grades.”
Central Park promoter Roger Cearns said: “It’s great to have the support of Colossus in these difficult times. We still intend to stage the Silver Salver later in the year but this is a tremendous news.
“We are racing behind closed doors, but still operating and racing for the wider betting industry, our staff, our trainers and kennel hands – and, of course, the greyhounds themselves.”